DESTIN, Fla., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, today opened its coastal-inspired and luxurious doors. One of the finest resorts built along Florida's Gulf Coast in a generation, the sweeping resort overlooks Destin's famed sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters.
Located along one of America's top beaches and adjacent to a 208-acre environmentally protected state park, The Henderson is reminiscent of a grand seaside manor of yesteryear and captures the romance of traditional coastal architecture. The resort features 170 spacious guestrooms and suites, a nature-inspired spa, Gulf-to-table cuisine, an octagonal bar with panoramic Gulf views, a rooftop terrace, two outdoor swimming pools, 30,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, and private beach access. The property is owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., and is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila C. Johnson. "After a decade of development and meticulous planning, our family is thrilled and humbled that opening day is finally here," said Bill Dunavant III, President and CEO of Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. "It has always been our vision to offer a level of luxury previously unavailable between New Orleans and Sarasota while also providing a destination resort of which the entire region can be proud. Today, I can confidently state that we have delivered." From the moment guests arrive at The Henderson, they are embraced by a residential and old-world charm. There is no lobby but an expansive Living Room with high ceilings and a wall of windows that faces a maritime forest and the beach. The interior feels like it has been part of the coast's landscape for over 100 years and the resort is infused with several, intimate gathering areas and commissioned artwork created by local and regional artists. Guest rooms and suites are larger than typical luxury resort guestrooms and include custom furnishings, luxurious bedding, elegant bathrooms featuring louvered shutters, and gracious balconies or terraces.